Common Core not a federal takeover of education

The Kansas Republican Party officially endorsed a talk-radio conspiracy theory about how Common Core education standards are a federal takeover of education. Members of the state GOP’s central committee approved a resolution last weekend condemning Common Core and insisting that the state withdraw from the standards. The resolution claims that Common Core “obliterates Kansas’ control over English language arts and mathematics standards in our schools” and that it represents “an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government and unaccountable private interests.” In reality, the standards were the idea of state governors. Kansas has been actively involved in creating the standards and retains control of its curriculum.